Ferishta's History of Dekkan,

from the first Muhammedan Conquests: with a continuation from other native writers, of the events in that part of India, to the reduction of its last monarchs by the emperor Aulumgeer Aurungzebe: also, the reigns of his suvccessors in the empire of Hindostan to the present day: and the History of Bengal, from the accession of Aliverdee Khan to the year 1780.

Shrewsbury: Printed by J. & W. Eddowes for John Stockdale, London, 1794 Stock Code: 109136
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A landmark of Indian historiography

First edition of this translation of one of the most important histories of India, by the late 16th-century Persian historian Muhammad Qasim Hindu Shah, known as Ferishta. The British orientalist Jonathan Scott (1753-1829) had it published at his own expense in his native Shrewsbury. Scott served as an officer with the East India Company and saw action in the First Mahratta War when acting as Persian translator to Major William Popham. "Governor-General Warren Hastings appointed Scott his private Persian translator in 1783, responsible for communications with the native powers judged too diplomatically sensitive to be trusted to an Indian secretary. Hastings also valued Scott's historical investigations which took their cue from Robert Orme's thesis that the reign of Aurangzeb and of his successors was the key epoch of Mughal Indian history. Scott consulted the best native authorities, and amassed materials collected by his brother Captain Richard Scott, and by Lieutenant-Colonel Henri Polier, concluding that a fuller understanding of recent history might be gained from an insight into the history of the Deccan" (ODNB). From the library of the Lords Elphinstone, with their Carberry Tower Library label in both volumes; the most distinguished scion of that house was Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859), administrator in India.

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2 volumes, quarto (278 x 217 mm). Late 19th century dark red half morocco for the bookseller William Brown (Edinburgh), gilt lettered and banded spines, marbled sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers.


Bindings a little rubbed at the extremities, a couple of corners lightly bumped, scattered foxing and some paper toning but a good tall set.


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